Thursday, October 11, 2007

Okay Ladies - Sit and Spin!

Relping this week was sit and spin time as the Langlois Relpers, AKA
The Ladies Who Lunch in the Evening worked their will on wool and

Friday, October 05, 2007

First Wednesday of the Month

On the first Wednesday of every month the Langlois Relper's venture
forth to host a meeting open to community members. We meet at the
library and get 2 to 4 additions to our group. It is fun to share
knowledge and a cup of coffee with other women addicted to the
Relping Arts. This month we gathered at the library and were
surprised to realize nobody had a key to the locked building.
Impromptu change of plans! A short parade of pick-up trucks (rural
living!) rolled down the dirt road to my house as we redeployed. It
worked just fine (thank goodness I dusted the living room earlier
Wednesday) though my husband may take another week to emerge from the
hiding place he sought after 7 chattering women suddenly arrived at
his door.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bah! Humbug!

Drat and Dagnabbit!

No matter how much love you pack into them, or how hard you work,
some projects just don't come out successful.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Almost the End of September!

My relping has recently bogged down to those projects that are
convenient to carry around. A stitch or three here and there but more
carting it along "just in cae I need something to do." Sans evident
ambition these projects could last me the rest of my life.

The holidays are still bubbling up in the background though. And
since funds are really limited, and the ideal of homemade or locally
acquired gifts has politically correct appeal, I'm feeling the need
to get organized. To that purpose I've done a mental tally of my
various cupboards and drawers. Fabric... ah yes. Flannel I bought 2
seasons ago and corduroy purchased for the first grandchild. A shirts
stowed away to embroider someday. Time to grit my teeth and drag some
of this out of hiding and put it to use.

Oh, but I'm so much better at planning projects and buying the
components than at actually buckling down to the work.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A Note from the Sydney (Australia) Relpers

Here is the final totals for all that Ann Richardson handed in to Guardian
Pharmacies for the World Vision Knitting for Mongolia Project:

28 knitted lap blankets
13 Doona's (quilt) (these are crib size)
200 flannelette sheets to wrap a small baby in
38 pairs of booties
22 pairs of mittens
6 scarves
261 hats
50 premie sets (includes: sweater, hat, booties and flannelette wrap)
13 sweater and flannelette rap set for 1 year old
43 sweaters for 1 to 12 year olds
4 ponchos
4 sweater and hat sets

Neighbors, Epping Lace Group, Quilters Guild, and teachers from the
Deaf & Blind School were the contributors.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Wednesday Night Meeting

At last night's meeting the Langlois Relpers relped sweet potato
fries, crab dip, beer, shrimp, chicken sandwiches, and chocolate
cheesecake. It was our every once-in-a-while Ladies Who Lunch in the
Evening session and we invaded the mostly male sanctuary of the pub
at our somewhat local golf resort. A rousing chorus of Happy Birthday
was sung (the tune of the Star Spangled Banner) to Cindy/Sandie, and
scattered applause was received. We toddled forth, bellies happily
full, and shall relp in earnest next week.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Time Has Come, The Walrus Said...

Fall is upon us here in coastal Oregon. The equinox may be more than
a month away but the warmish days, chill nights, morning ground fog
and the very scent of the air say **FALL**. Mama Nature in Arachne's
guise spins intricate relping on the fences and the night moisture
embellishes the webs with drops that morning sun reveals as fancy
jewels better than any created for royalty.

And my thoughts turn to "Omigod! Yule is coming!"

When budgets are tight and/or avoiding a leap into the material
purchasing frenzy of the holidays is a concern, relping changes from
hobby to necessity. The pleasant occasional project gives way to a To-
Do list of staggering proportions. It is at this point that I wish
for a quicker skill than the few that are mine. Less carpal tunnel
problems would be nice. Cloning and a cure for attention deficit
would help. Hear that clock tick-tick-ticking? Get to work! Sew,
knit, crochet, spin, felt! My mind's inventiveness is up to the task
and my heart wants to gift every loved one with something special.
Isn't there some old saying about "Good Intentions?"

I'm making my list. And starting to work, good intentions abounding.
Stay tuned for updates!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Ileah's Lace Bobbins - from OZ

Top row from left to right:


Bottom row from left to right:

Western Australia Swamp Banksia
Tasmanian Blackwood
Orange Boxwood
North Queensland Beefwood

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Wednesday Night Relping

I threatened the group with posted photos. It never pays to threaten
unless you follow through!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Go Fish!

This is the latest project - an addition to my current "shirt in progress". For some time now I've carried it back and forth to relping and not added a single stitch but when I was immobile for a day it got picked up and relping went forth. I'm thinking maybe when it is done the next design on the shirt will be a snake twined around the left arm. Of course, my mind may change before then.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Annual Pilgrimage

Once again I have made my annual (?) pilgrimage, through burning deserts, over lofty mountains, through raging torrents and past hideous unimaginable horrors, to visit the relper's blog. Did I mention the terrible slowness of dial up internet? I meant to. I have overcome vast mental barriers, and laboriously carved out the time necessary to actually post a message, and then, against all odds, figured out HOW. Be amazed.


Thursday, August 02, 2007

Testing to see if photos will post via e-mail

The Executive Broads - Time for a new portrait?

Back to Relping!

After a long period of relplessness I'm back to my needle and thread.
Last weekend I went ass-over-teakettle and the resulting bruises kept
me sitting for the day so there was nothing between me and sewing.
Good progress was made on the Celtic fish design which graces the
front of my white shirt/jacket. Pictures forthcoming...


On re-reading some older posts I noticed that the promised photos of a certain lovely mermaid had never appeared. Here are a couple I had from the presentation fete:

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

Ballerina Success

The granddaughter seems to have liked the ballerina doll. With Grammy's help (hah!) she was named Lindsey Maleka Pony Strawberry Sauce but I have since heard that Ruthanne has changed it to Tutu. Want to guess what Grammy will continue to call her?

And is that not the world's most beautiful little girl?

Saturday, May 26, 2007

One Pissed-Off Ballerina Doll

Definitely *not* destined for the Bolshoi...
She's mad as hell, and she's NOT going to dance for you. EVER.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Charlie's Doll

This is what emerged from yesterday's sewing box. The whimsical part of me struggled to be free and didn't quite make it but sure put up a fight. Now, back to sober and serious!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


True relpers are the ones who begin a project and find their brains flooded with ideas for more, More, MORE!

"Nice sweater I'm knitting. What if I shortened the sleeve a bit, added some cables down the front, and did it in...."

"Interesting skirt she's wearing. I bet I could make on in blue with kick pleats in the back and..."

"Look at all these bits of leftover cotton. It would be neat to use them for..."

We twitch and whimper and itch to get through one project just so we can launch ourselves into the next, and the next, and the next, all conceived while doing the first.

To whit: I made this doll for the granddaughter. Today I embark on one for the toddler grandson - after which I've asked friends to waylay me should I begin another. Back to the UNFINISHED shirt. No more detours! Heh.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Fiber Art In Extremius

You simply MUST check out this site - I feel like such an underachiever in the "make it out of fiber" category!

Wall o' Ribbon

Wall o' Ribbon
Originally uploaded by pangolina.
Last weekend I finally got the chance to go to Mindy's, the needlework store over at the 5th Street Market. It really is a treasure of a store, not just because she has *every* kind of embroidery floss you could ever dream of, but also because of this Wall of Ribbon. Unfortunately, I only had my phone camera with me at the time, so I couldn't really do it justice.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


For a niece's birthday present.

The m**m*** d** proceeds apace. Got the tail almost done. Will be pictures soonish.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Whose idea was this, anyway?

I cannot comprehend why anyone in their right mind would sew doll clothes, especially for the 12" fashion dolls. Except perhaps for an indulgent (and stubborn) grandmother. Come to think about it she does not qualify for "in their right mind", does she? Teeny, tiny seams. Itsy-bitsy facings, and snaps and buttons. Miniature pieces of fabric that resist machine stitching.

I've seen some wonderful and intricate outfits for these dolls and that is certainly NOT what I'm achieving! Clothed is the desired end result upon which I shall throw up my hands and make a dignified retreat. Knowing the kids, clothed is not what the doll family will remain for long anyway. Granddaughter will remove the clothes whereupon Grandson #2 will lose them. Then Grandson #1 will make hysterical 11 year old jokes about bare butts and proceed to use the dolls as naked super-heroes complete with loud explosions and doll bodies flying through the air.

So why am I making clothes anyway? Because recycling the old dolls seemed the politically correct grandmotherly gift giving thing to do. And it was on my project list. And though donating them to the local Goodwill would have gotten me off the hook AND delighted my daughter (No. More. Toys!), see "stubborn" and "indulgent" and "right mind" (out of) in paragraph one.

By the way - there will be no pictures of the results.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Gecko - To remember the Big Island!

Okay, so this isn't exactly RELPING either, but it does constitute one more item crossed off my To-Do list. This is getting rather exciting.

And as for relping, the tradition, long held as it has been, may be winding down. The Sydney contingent no longer meets and the Langlois group has been a bit anemic of late. The Oakland leader moved to Eugene and is attempting to create a unit there. And the Fairbanks group has been silent. Hibernating?

Gosh, is this how the last few dinosaurs felt?

Thursday, April 26, 2007

For the grandkids

It's relping, really it is. With wood and paint. Another item off my ever increasing To-Do list. That doggone list doesn't get shorter no matter how many items I complete. Some danged fool keeps coming up with "Wow! I could....." and adding projects. I'd kick her buns if my knees would bend that direction.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Finished - At last!

Such a simple little design. It should have been done in a day or two. It wasn't. But it is now.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Bad project goes good!

The difficult project finally settled down and allowed itself to be completed with a minimum of further fussiness. Do you suppose it was embarrassed at being written about in a public place? Sensitive about potential public ridicule and being thought of as stubborn and cranky? No matter, since it chose to mend its ways and hum smoothly and quickly along. Even removing the waste cloth, a task often made teeth grindingly maddening by somebody (moi?) sewing through the mesh instead of THROUGH the mesh, went without a hitch.

Oh yeah? Like YOU don't ever refer to inanimate objects as sentient beings!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Recalcitrant Projects

So some sewing projects bop along happily and you hum as you work and enjoy the process hoping it will last, and last, and last.

And some Don't.

The Don'ts are the ones that buck and whinny, whine and carry on, stutter, stammer and hiccup. Threads tangle. Needles disappear, then emerge suddenly solidly lodged in your finger tip. Patterns refuse to make sense and change right before your eyes. Seams don't match, pieces are cut backwards, measurements require advanced calculus.

I'm staggering through a project like that. Counted cross-stitch.

(Hysterical laughter is heard trailing off into the dark wet Oregon night...............)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


Yeah, that was me you heard swearing. Loud and colorful words of frustration as I realized that I was cheerfully stitching along on a shirt for my grandchild, AFTER MIS-COUNTING. And not in a place I could fudge either. And did I notice this after a stitch or two. Oh no. I'll be unsewing for the next hour or two. This makes a nifty mess of the waste cloth and may cause me a year's worth of wear on my molars as I grit my teeth.

How does that Neil Sedaka song go? "Backing up is hard to do!"

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Finished with the embroidery part

I just finished the embroidery on RRW's mermaid doll:

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Timeless Treasures

All relpers should check out this site.

Nostalgia. Weren't we totally cool dressed in out crocheted shawls and macramed vests, a flower tucked into a paisley headband and a blissful smile on our faces? I'm thinking maybe we need a summer retro party where we can all resurrect our 60's garb and listen to Jimi Hendrix, and the Stones.

Of course for me the music was Beatles and Monkees. Fab. Gear.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Prices Today

Since the relping ladies appreciate the value of a good supply of Cabana Boys, and since one of our members was with me on my recent trip to Hawaii and she thought to treat us to the ever pleasant Cabana Boy experience, I thought I'd post the receipt here for proof. You'll note other mentionable items on that receipt. Feel free to comment!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Going Tropic

I'm off in a few days to spend 2 glorious weeks in the WARM Hawaiian sun. It will be a nice break from the cold we've been having in the Pacific Northwest. No relping though. It was more than I could stand trying to figure out if I could take my needle and thread snippers on the airplane. The government apparently thinks nail clippers can be used to hijack a plane. Can you imagine what I could accomplish with needle and thread? "Everybody get in the back or I'll stitch you to the cabin wall!" I'll read a book in transit and watch the waves on the Big Island - and relp again when I get home.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Newest Project

I've been consumed by an on-line game recently but when I'm not doing that I still manage to do some relping. Here is the latest piece under construction:

Well maybe not. Every attempt at adding the photo results in:

There were errors during upload.

The following images were not uploaded.


Sometimes I hate technology!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Cross Stitch

Crochet wasn't the only relping I did last fall...

And one last doily!


Can you tell I was loving the crochet work?

And more!

I was busy! Enough so that now I have a bum right wrist...

Recent Relping

Here is the first of my doily pictures:

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy 2007!

We made it to another year. I'm of an age now where staying up for the midnight HooHa lacks the excitement that a good night's sleep brings so I was in bed by 10pm and only woke briefly at midnight when neighbors set off some particularly loud fireworks. Now that the holidays are past I can try to post pictures of some of the gift projects.